This printable MC Escher eye art project is a fantastic way to learn about this famous artist and create an art-inspired project! Inspired by one of Escher’s famous works, “The Eye,” kids can create a masterpiece any time of the year. Most importantly, you can share fantastic famous artist projects with your kids with just a few simple supplies.

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Who is MC Escher?

Maurits Cornelis Escher was a Dutch graphic artist born in 1898 who made mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints. Not only was he considered an influential artist, he was a draftsman, book illustrator, tapestry designer, and muralist.

However, his main work was as a printmaker. As a result, he became known for his detailed realistic prints that achieved bizarre optical and conceptual effects.

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Escher Eye

One of Escher’s most famous artworks is “The Eye.” It looks like a human eye, but if you look closely, you’ll see that it’s actually made up of many tiny shapes and patterns.

However, Escher was very careful and took his time to draw all the small lines and details. When you look at “The Eye,” it feels like you’re getting pulled into it because it looks so interesting.

Escher’s art makes us think about what we see and reminds us that things can be more than they seem. It’s like a puzzle waiting to be solved!

Click here to get your free Escher Eye template!

MC Escher Eye Art Project

Note: Although this project has a summer theme, you can change it up for any holiday, season, or general use!

Supplies:

  • Eye printable
  • Scissors
  • Pen or pencil
  • Markers or colored pencils

Instructions:

STEP 1. First, print the eye template above.

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STEP 2. Next use a pencil or pen to draw items inside the eye that represent summer to you.

TIP: Alternatively, kids can cut out images from magazines instead of drawing or do a combination of both.

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STEP 3. Then, use colored pencils or markers to color in your design once you’ve finished drawing the objects.

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STEP 4. Go ahead and color in the background of the eye!

Optional: The eye can be cut out and applied to a different background for a mixed-media or multi-media effect. Make a collage from scrap paper or create a watercolor background!

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Helpful Art Resources To Get You Started

Here are a few resources to help you introduce art more effectively to your kiddos or students and feel confident when presenting materials. You’ll find helpful free printables throughout.

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Printable Famous Artists Project Pack

Want to learn even more about famous artists? This famous artist pack is a growing resource filled with fantastic projects to explore and create!

Inside The Art Pack: Find 22+ famous artists to explore.

Also, look for tips for success, getting started information, and more! Note: Many options for female and POC artists are also included.

Each artist includes: 

  • Artist Project Sheets, each with three ideas to try.
  • Additional Artist Project Printable Activities to go along with each artist and project.
  • Simple Artist Biography Sheets that are kid-friendly. Get to know each artist!
  • Animated Artist Videos that cover a simple project idea to try for each artist!
  • My Favorite Artist Mini Pack to explore a favorite artist further if desired.
  • Getty Challenge shows you how to try this cool art challenge at home or in the classroom!
  • Supply List to help you fill your art cart for anytime projects!
  • Helpful Tips make each project successful for Everyone!
  • Bonus Projects Pack Full of Easy Ideas, including a DIY Art Camp!